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Launch service on Teknaf-Maungdoot route to stop smuggling

DHAKA, April 21, 2017 (BSS) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said launch service between Teknaf in Bangladesh and Mungdoo in Mymanmar route would be introduced to help curb smuggling.

"If launch service between Teknaf and Mungdoo is introduced then cross-border smuggling could be stopped," he told newsmen after a meeting on National Smuggling Prevention Committee at his ministry conference room at Secretariat.

He said, "We are contemplating to begin launch service from Teknaf to Mungdoo city. Now tourists from Bangladesh are visiting Mungdoo on one day travel pass and tourists from Mongdoo are also coming to Bangladesh."

The minister said that the government is going to introduce launch service to bring the visits of tourists under a system.

He said those, engaged in drug smuggling, would be brought to book on the basis of specific information.

The minister instructed the railway police to be more active for gearing up patrolling and continue mobile courts to prevent smuggling.

The law enforcement-agencies detained 8,650 people between October and December, 2016 and carried out 1,85,000 operations and seized goods worth Taka 750 crore, Kamal added.

He said different agencies filed 9,834 cases and 2,633 accused have been awarded punishment. The government would set up modern scanner machines at all border land ports, he added.

Public security division secretary Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, law secretary Abu Saleh Sheikh Md Jahirul Haque, representatives of different ministries and law-enforcement agencies were present.